Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles
The eyes are the focal point of the face and, during conversation, we often communicate with our eyes. When time and aging take their toll on our eyes, we can look tired and older than we feel. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a wonderful procedure that can restore and rejuvenate the eyes.
What is a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the name for cosmetic eye surgery that is done to rejuvenate the skin and fat pads of the eyes. It is divided into upper and lower blepharoplasty.
- What does cosmetic eye surgery treat? Blepharoplasty is typically done to correct droopy or sagging eyelids which prevent your eyes from opening completely, and may be blocking your vision, as well as pulling down your lower eyelids.
- Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty? Anyone who has increased laxity of the skin of the upper and lower eyelids, or bags under the eyes is a great candidate for blepharoplasty. When you notice that you look tired despite a good night’s rest or notice when you are putting on makeup that the wrinkles of the skin of the eyelids smear the makeup or that the hooding of the eyelid is blocking your vision, then you likely need a blepharoplasty.
- What are the benefits of eyelid surgery? Blepharoplasty can not only improve your vision, but it can also give your eyes a younger and more defined appearance.
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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Procedure
- Types of eyelid surgery: Eyelid surgery can be done on either your upper or lower eyelids, or it can also be done on both eyelids.
- Initial exam: During your initial exam, Dr. Zandifar will examine your eyelids and discuss the procedure and benefits, as well as any potential risks. You will also have photographs of your eyelids taken from different angles, and have your vision tested.
- Procedure: If you are having surgery on both of your eyelids, your upper eyelid will be done first. An incision is made along the fold of the eyelid and any excess skin, muscle, or fat is removed and then the incision is closed. For your lower eyelid, an incision is made just below your lashes in the natural crease of your eyelid, or on the inside of the lower eyelid. Similar to the upper eyelid, any excess skin, muscle, or fat is removed and then the incision is closed.
- Recovery: It usually takes 7-10 days to completely heal from a blepharoplasty. You may have some bruising and swelling in the first 1-2 days after the surgery and using cool compresses can reduce this.
- Is blepharoplasty painful? The surgery itself is not very painful and most discomfort after eyelid surgery is easily controlled with light pain medication.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Results
For lower lid blepharoplasty, the results are often permanent. The results from upper eyelid surgery can last anywhere from 5-15 years, and for some patients the results may last a lifetime. The most important thing you can do to ensure long-lasting results is to limit sun exposure and protect your skin with sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
Eyelid Surgery Cost
The cost will depend on if you need only an upper lid or lower lid, or if you need both done. Very rarely, your insurance will cover upper lid blepharoplasty. In this instance, your vision has to be blocked to enough of a degree that it can be diagnosed by an optometrist. Also, insurance will only cover the removal of the skin, not the fat pads. Insurance does not cover lower lid blepharoplasty.
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